HOUSING Sep. 18
City, Church at the Park seek sponsors for transitional housing
Local volunteers are fundraising to help the city of Salem and Church at the Park build temporary, transitional houses for homeless people.
UPDATED: Interstate 5 reopens after police take suicidal person into custody
Salem man arrested in pedestrian hit-and-run
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 17, 2021
Two weeks into school, 48 Covid cases, 99 quarantines among 39,000 Salem-Keizer students
SALEM PEOPLE Sep. 17
Salem’s longest-running high school reunion going strong after 77 years
The Salem High School Class of 1944 met this week with six members. They joked together and recalled an era when most Salem kids came from farming families and classmates were drafted into military service just days after graduating.
Colorful dances, music featured at Oregon Capitol's Hispanic Heritage Month event Saturday
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Sep. 17
Conflicting reports surround Covid outbreak at Bonaventure Senior Living
Bonaventure of Keizer is currently dealing with an active Covid outbreak that's left 27 people infected and one dead. Interviews with a resident's family member and a staff member describe a situation worse than what the company has reported.
CLIMATE Sep. 16
First significant rain in eight months forecasted for Salem this weekend
The warmest summer in Salem's recorded history capped off months with lower precipitation than average. Oregon climatologists say increased heat and more severe droughts will continue to become more common.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 16, 2021
Adopt one cat, get a second one free in Salem Saturday
Salem, Marion and Polk emergency alerts combine services
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 16
A black sheep in the Salem restaurant scene, café requires proof of vaccination for dine-in
Black Sheep Cafe and Catering announced it would require patrons dining indoors be vaccinated against Covid in an effort to protect immunocompromised people and avoid a shutdown if staff had to quarantine. The announcement drew a mix of positive and negative feedback for the business.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 16
Wing space for distance and individual pencil sets as Salem kinders return to school
Teachers reported more kindergarteners than typical struggled with motor skills like holding a pencil or using scissors, likely because fewer attended preschool during the pandemic. After falling sharply last year, kindergarten enrollment in the Salem-Keizer School District is up by about 100 students, but still below pre-pandemic levels.
LOCAL COLUMN Sep. 16
COLUMN: Colorful birds' feathers are marvel of engineering, design
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
Free Sep. 15
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 15, 2021
Salem man charged with murder in Polk County
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 15
Salem’s JCPenney building sold, will be turned into smaller retail spaces
The former JCPenney Building, which went dark last year when the store closed after more than a century in business, will now become 5,000- to 10,000-square-foot retailers with more windows.
HEALTH CARE IN OREGON Sep. 15
AROUND OREGON: Loopholes, lack of staffing stymie transparency of Oregon's drug pricing program
The state’s Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program was created to illuminate pharmaceutical pricing practices, but pharmaceutical companies have shielded information they say infringes on trade secrets.
Oregon's cultural license plate gets a colorful redesign
ON THE AIR Sep. 15
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell gets behind the labor fight between Marion County employees, commissioners
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Saphara Harrell on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
CLIMATE Sep. 15
Oregonians are pessimistic about solving climate change, survey finds
The findings of a statewide survey released Tuesday found that two-thirds of Oregonians were pessimistic about solving the climate crisis before it’s too late. However, local climate activists say there are reasons to be hopeful.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 14, 2021
SALEM PEOPLE Sep. 14
Salem-Keizer educator Chuck Lee remembered for authenticity, love for education
The Salem-Keizer community on Sept. 4 lost Chuck Lee, 72, a veteran educator who founded Blanchet Catholic School and the Career Technical Education Center. He helped raise millions of dollars for local education by keeping his focus squarely on students and their needs.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Sep. 14
City of Salem, other public employers will likely fall under Biden’s vaccine mandate
President Joe Biden’s rule that companies with at least 100 employees must require Covid vaccination or regular testing will be implemented in Oregon by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While many details remain to be worked out, the agency says its version of the rule will include public employers, not just private ones.
70-year-old Salem man arrested, charged in armed deli robbery
Salem police investigating three drive-by shootings
Oregon's unemployment rate falls below 5% for first time since pandemic began
UPDATED: Firefighters contain scrap metal fire in northeast Salem
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday to consider mental health support contract, appointments
OREGON SCHOOLS Sep. 14
School board members around Oregon get warning: Obey the law
The state association representing school boards was blunt in a letter to board members about the risk of ignoring Covid restrictions. The association leaders wrote that school board members have a duty to obey the law regardless of their views.
Vitae Springs Fire evacuations reduced to Level 1; 50 acres burned
ON THE AIR Sep. 14
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander takes you inside local schools on the first day of school
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of Managing Editor Rachel Alexander on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
COVID IN SALEM Sep. 14
Why Salem Hospital might need a refrigerated truck for bodies
The latest Covid surge has caused an uptick in the number of people dying at the hospital. While county funeral homes are so far keeping up, the trend might trigger the need for additional refrigerated storage.
PUBLIC SAFETY Sep. 13
Grass fire south of Salem contained, evacuations reduced to Level 2
The fire on Vitae Springs Road South started from a car on the side of the road, and quickly spread to nearby grass. Firefighters remain on scene to monitor for any flare-ups after extinguishing the blaze around 4 p.m. Monday.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 13, 2021
UPDATED: Grass fire triggers evacuations along Vitae Springs Road south of Salem
Oregonians largely trust health experts for Covid information, split on sending kids to school, study finds
AGENDA: In virtual meeting, Salem-Keizer board will consider welcoming schools resolution
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 13
PHOTOS: Cornholers gather at Capitol to benefit Shangri-La
Experienced competitors and novices took to the grass Saturday for the Capital City Cornhole Classic. It was the fifth year for the competition and fundraiser.
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider union contract, winter storm money
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 13
In Salem, students no longer need to be expelled or fail classes to attend alternative school
A redesign of the Salem-Keizer School District's alternative middle and high school programs is intended to give students a chance for a different environment before they become disengaged from classes - and provide more options for students already enrolled.